"After a particularly dry and warm autumn which severely disrupted the opening of ski resorts, the snow has finally appeared on the Alps." said Stéphane Giraud of Skiinfo France, "Since Saturday, weather systems have started to stick over the country bringing with them valuable snowfalls: initially 20 to 30 cm at 1800m altitude, and locally from 50 to 80 cm around 2500m."

Initially it was mainly the ski resorts in the Northern Alps and the Jura that benefitted from the snowfalls but they've now spread across much of France.

While so far only eight ski areas were open, the new snowfall should allow about 30 ski resorts to quickly start their ski season: Alpe d'Huez will open its slopes on Thursday (December 8), Avoriaz, Chamonix, Flaine, Les Arcs, Vars, Risoul, Montgenevre and twenty other resorts will welcome skiers from Saturday (December 10).

"The weather in the next days is expected to bring more new snowfall. From 30 to 60cm of fresh snow should fall over the next three days, enough to bring smiles to the managers of ski resorts." says Stéphane.